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Buckeyes will try to avoid letdown vs. very young Illini

COLUMBUS — Ohio State closes out the home portion of its 2017 schedule when it welcomes in Illinois for a 3:30 kickoff on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes got back on the winning track last Saturday against No. 12 Michigan State, jumping out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and never ...

Columbus officials meet with Crew owner, MLS commisioner

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and the owners of the Columbus Crew met with the Columbus mayor and the leader of a local business group over plans to relocate the team. Anthony Precourt and Precourt Sports Ventures, which has owned the Major League Soccer club since 2013, ...

Steelers face Titans in Thursday spotlight

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have a commanding lead in the AFC North and are in a two-way race with New England for homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs as Thanksgiving looms, exactly where they expected to be all along. It just doesn’t necessarily feel like it. While ...

Decker repeats; Conner Pawlosky is boys winner

Susan Decker successfully defended her girls title and Conner Pawlosky became the new boys champion when the 31st Warren Junior Masters finals were held Sunday at McKinley Lanes. In the head-to-head format in the finals, Decker trailed two-time champion Jessica Guesman by 76 pins after two ...

Cavalier comeback

NEW YORK — LeBron James got shoved by the Knicks and then benched by his coach. Neither could keep him down for good. James had 23 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spark a huge comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat ...

Jackson continues to shoulder blame for goal-line gaffe

BEREA — Hue Jackson might want to borrow DeShone Kizer’s flak jacket. Cleveland’s coach is willingly taking some big hits for his rookie quarterback. One day after a calamitous goal-line situation at the end of the first half cost the Browns points — and maybe their first win — in ...

Browns lose linebacker Collins to knee injury

BEREA — As if the winless Browns don’t have enough troubles, they’ll play the rest of the season without starting linebacker Jamie Collins. One of Cleveland’s best defensive players, Collins sustained a torn medical collateral ligament in Sunday’s loss to Detroit and will be ...

Sensabaugh replaces Haden

PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden’s career revival in Pittsburgh is on hold, though maybe for not as long as the first-place Steelers feared. While the veteran cornerback’s broken left leg will keep him out for Thursday night’s visit by Tennessee, the team remains hopeful Haden can return at ...

Grimes on the fast track

When Cale Grimes was just 6 years old, his father knew what the youngster wanted to do for the rest of his life. “When he was really young, my father-in-law couldn’t believe what Cale knew about racing,” said Robert Grimes, Cale Grimes’ father. “He knew so much about racing at such ...

Showing some fight

DETROIT — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson had two goals in his post-game news conference Sunday at Ford Field. He wasn’t going to let rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer take any of the blame for Cleveland’s 38-24 loss to the Detroit Lions, and he wasn’t going to talk about moral ...

Big Ben rallies Pittsburgh past Colts

INDIANAPOLIS — Ben Roethlisberger’s old game plan still works. Pittsburgh’s quarterback kept taking shots Sunday, and eventually the Steelers’ playmakers broke through. Roethlisberger threw two second-half touchdown passes to erase a 14-point deficit and then hooked up with Antonio ...

Lessons learned in OSU win

COLUMBUS — Ohio State got a victory and some teaching points from its 82-72 win over Radford on Sunday. The Buckeyes (2-0) faced a strong rebounding team and held a 45-33 advantage on the boards, and also weathered the Radford (1-1) press to an extent. “Give Radford a lot of credit. I ...

Buckeyes make like Iowa never happened

COLUMBUS — No. 11 Ohio State put to rest any notion that it wouldn’t be motivated to finish strong after a surprising loss last week dropped the Buckeyes out of national championship contention. The Buckeyes came out fast, scoring on five of their first six possessions on the way to a ...

Trumbull Hall of Famers

The Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame held its 15th induction ceremony recently. Those honored in the 2017 class were Bob Sherman, Lisa Naples (accepting for her sister Denise Naples), Lori DiTunno (representing Jody DiTunno), Kelly Barzak, Dave Pappada, Don Szuch, Matt Thiry, Darrin Chapin, ...

Junior Masters finals set today

Susan Decker will be defending her 2016 championship and Jessica Guesman will be looking for her third title today when the 31st Warren Junior Masters bowling tournament concludes at McKinley Lanes. On the boys side of things, a new champion is guaranteed. On Saturday at Freeway Lanes, the ...

Love, Korver help Cavs hold off Dallas

DALLAS — Kevin Love had 29 points and 15 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-104 Saturday night. The Mavericks were down by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to one ...

Favored Lions impressed by Browns’ defense

DETROIT — To hear Ameer Abdullah tell it, the winless Cleveland Browns might as well be Super Bowl contenders. “They’re a really good team, statistically. Go look them up defensively,” said Abdullah, whose Detroit Lions face the Browns this weekend. “They’ve had a lot of ...

Steelers have owned Colts in recent years

INDIANAPOLIS — Chuck Pagano has never been one to play by the numbers. And he’s not starting now. So rather than remind his players of what happened the last three times Pittsburgh and Indianapolis met, Pagano skipped right through the intros and got down to business. “I could throw ...

Buckeyes, Spartans seek control of division

COLUMBUS — Ohio State couldn’t take much time to stew about its bad loss to Iowa last week. The Buckeyes had to get their minds right to play Michigan State with some emotion Saturday because the Big Ten East title is still there for the taking. No. 13 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten, ...

Ohio State men, women win season openers

COLUMBUS — Playing its first game under its new coach, Ohio State looked invigorated in front of its home fans as it picked up its first win of the season against Robert Morris. Keita Bates-Diop had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help the Buckeyes beat the Colonials 95-64 on Friday night in ...